OFFICER KILLED IN VALENCIA ASSASSIN HUNT
A deputy police inspector was stabbed to death Tuesday afternoon after locating the main murder suspect of a case that was currently under investigation
THE CASCADE of events started when Valencia police officers received a call by a concerned citizen just after midnight on Tuesday, who had found a suitcase with a ‘suspicious lump’.
Police officers arrived at Avenida Peris y Valero soon after to investigate. One of the officers discovered in horror that the suitcase contained a body, with no head or limbs, with the torso, with knife wounds, in a plastic bag.
Scientific Police and Homicide units were immediately charged with investigating the case, while National Police looked for possible witnesses.
Within a couple of hours, the former were able to trace the origin of the suitcase back to Calle Sueca thanks to a barely visible trail of blood that had been dripping onto the ground, so reinforcements were called in as they proceeded to enter the premises to in- terrogate potential criminals that could be found therein. Furthermore, the National Police officers had also managed to locate a person who claimed to have seen a man leaving the building during the night, dragging a heavy-looking suitcase along.
However, before backup arrived, the homicide unit encountered a large man who was walking down the stairs carrying two rucksacks. As soon as he realised they were policemen investigating the crime, he pulled a knife from under his clothes and repeatedly stabbed the nearest officer, inflicting a fatal wound to his chest before being gunned down by another of the unit’s specialists.
The officer, 51-year-old deputy inspector Blas Gámez, was treated with emergency CPR soon after by experts from the nearest SAMU ambulance, but nothing could be done to save his life, and he passed away in front of his shocked peers. He was a criminal investigation expert who had accumulated 83 official congratulations and three medals for his police work over the years.
Members of the Scientific Police unit discovered further proof inside the house which pointed to the man they encountered as the original killer, who was soon identified as a 34-yearold Swedish man. The rucksacks he had with him contained clothes that had just been cleaned and identification papers of the man whose body had been found in the suitcase.